How To Make a Tiered Vintage Tray

     I have a confession…I seem to have acquired ADD as an adult ( or maybe I just now am willing to admit it!! ) !! I just LOVE all the ideas all over the blog world and it makes my head spin at times. I WANT TO MAKE THEM ALL!! But, alas, I am only one woman with a family… steps!


     My children are at an age where they are independent enough to entertain themselves so that I can try to get in some  crafting and sewing. {I also informed them that my name is not “Julie” and I am not their “Cruise Director” and this is not “The Love Boat” to which they stared and me and said..”What?”} Anyway, I finally finished a tiered tray centerpiece…

Tiered Vintage Tray


I have seen so many of these all over blogland lately! I do not have a complete tutorial, but basically here is what I did…


I started with two wooden and metal trays. I found these in the clearance aisle of my Hobby Lobby, gotta love that!


Next I gathered my favorite… Gorilla Glue Epoxy. I also collected a candlestick and two round, wooden bases. For the top, I used a finial and small wooden candlestick. All of these were purchased at my local craft stores. I chose a Krylon, satin finish, avocado colored spray paint. I painted each individual piece and allowed them to dry. Finally, I glued it all together with the epoxy, and allowed it at least 24 hours to dry.
Here is my own “twist” on the project….
Yes, I made mine as two pieces so that it can be used as a large two tiered piece, a serving tray, or a cute raised tray!!
I love the way it turned out and that it totally matches my kitchen….
There are so many possibilities for this from purely decorative to organizational to serving dishes…ah…the beauty of multi-tasking!
 What would you use it for?


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Trish Flake

Hey y'all! I am Trish and the creative voice behind Uncommon Designs. I adore party planning, holiday celebrations, and all things crafty! I am so excited to share my creative adventures with you!

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  1. says

    What a creative idea. I love the color that you chose. I think using it next to the sink is a fantastic idea. Making it two pieces makes it so versatile. I’d use it in my bedroom for more jewelry storage. 🙂 Megan

  2. says

    The green is so wonderful! Such a happy color! You gals rock at making such awesome stands. I really need to do this! I bought some candlestick holders from the a local thrift store this weekend! Maybe that will be my start. 🙂

  3. says

    I have a feeling you will use that miss a million different ways! You know, the kind of piece that whenever you are looking for a way to display something, it pops into your head first? It looks great! ~ Maureen

  4. says

    How gorgeous! I’ve seen this done with plates and candlesticks but not with trays, how neat. I know exactly what you mean about wanting to make everything! Sometimes I get totally paralyzed by the sheer volume of ideas out there! Love yours.


  5. says

    Bonnie I love this and wow would use it for so many things especially when entertaining!

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  6. says

    This is perfect! I have been looking for a tiered serving dish for sometime. But why didn’t I just think to make my own?

    Thanks for this!

    Dianna Davis

  7. says

    I laughed at your Love Boat reference…it does date us doesn’t it? It is also brave of you to confess ADD. I, too, have the same malady…I have a to-do list as long as my arm, of projects I’ve seen and want to make myself. Which brings me to your tiered-trays, I think you’re onto something making it interchangeable from one to two pieces. You can do everything from tiered cupcake display to serving sandwiches! Smart cookie!

  8. says

    Great project! I would use it for my make up and have jewellery dangling down. I do like it for the kitchen though – anything to make the washing up a bit more interesting!! 🙂

  9. says

    I love this! It is so cute. I have made other cake/cupcake stands but this is so cute! I will definitely have to try it. Thanks for sharing your projects over at The Winthrop Chronicles.

  10. says

    That is oh, so cute!!! Great job. I found goodies at Hobby Lobby today, too. Wish I’d read this post before going…..hummmmm. I need to go to Hobby Lobby again.

  11. says

    Oh-so clever! I want one! This is very similar to a PB tiered tray I’ve had my eye on lately. You should add some “pottery barn knock-off” to your title and increase you’re google-ability (teehee!).

  12. says

    LOL about the newly acquired ADD because of all of the great ideas in blogland! I totally relate! 🙂 I think this was definitely a great one to try your hand at though and it looks just lovely. Thanks so much for sharing it at Inspiration Friday this week!

  13. says

    Saw your fabulous tray at “Mom On Time Out” and wanted to thank you for sharing your project! I just bought that same paint last month and now all I need to do is gather the rest of the materials and I can have one of my own! Thanks!

  14. says

    I featured your project in my Unveil Your Genius Link Party! Thanks for linking up! I hope you’ll link up again soon! New link party starts every Thursday!

  15. LindaK says

    This is really nice…and I could use this in my bathroom. Where did the spools come from? And I am going to head over to my craft store this week, to look for the trays. Hope I can find them like you did.

  16. LeSann says

    Love it. I’ve been looking for a 2 tiered piece to display fruit on my bar. Everything I found was too large. A narrow tray would be just right. Thanks for the idea.

  17. says

    Just found your blog through this tutorial on Pinterest and love it! Now following along. Thanks so much for sharing this cute DIY project. 🙂


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